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Iz Oztat,  Constituting an Island, 2014, HD video, colour, sound, 1 min 46 sec

Artists' Film Biennial: Selected by artist Ahmet Ögüt

27 May 2016

A screening programme selected by sociocultural initiator, artist, and lecturer Ahmet Öğüt. He is the initiator of The Silent University, which is an autonomous knowledge exchange platform by refugees and asylum seekers.


If we define history the way Adam Curtis doesas a series of unintended consequences resulting from confused actionswe could add and say one of the main historical trajectories of film making is stigmergy of moving image and storytelling as a counter-act. This program includes a selection of films by film makers such as Erol Mintaş & Taylan Mintaş and artists including Cristina Lucas, John Smith, Serra Tansel, Kuang-Yu Tsui, Cengiz Tekin, Iz Oztat and Hiwa K, that foster various approaches, in which, the role of filmmaker continuously shifts between a montage editor, a storyteller, a performer, an instructor, an initiator, an interventionist and even a prankster. Meanwhile, camera and moving image also transform into tools to capture an ironic intervention, a pedagogic solution, a fiction-like non-fiction, a comatosed memory, an ordinary instruction, or a poetic gesture. 

  • Erol Mintaş, Taylan Mintaş, Mustafa Khalili and Charlie Phillips. The Syrian spaceman who became a refugee, 2016, HD video, colour, sound, 7 min 14 sec
  • John Smith, The Girl Chewing Gum, 1976, 16mm transferred to SD video, black and white, sound, 11 min 37 sec
  • Kuang-Yu Tsui , Eighteen Copper Guardians In Shao-Lin Temple and Penetration: the Perceptive, 2001, SD video, colour, sound, 3 min 7 sec
  • The Propeller Group, The Dream, 2012, HD video, colour, sound, 4 min 45 sec
  • Cristina Lucas, Touch and Go, 2010, HD video, colour, sound, 13 min 19 sec
  • Christian Jankowski, The Hunt, 1992/97, SD video, colour, sound, 1 min 11 sec
  • Serra Tansel, Kids Blowing the Sea, HD video, colour, sound, 23 sec
  • Iz Öztat, Constituting An Island, 2014, HD video, colour, sound, 1 min 46 sec
  • Cengiz Tekin, The End, 2015, HD video, colour, sound, 3 min 4 sec
  • Hiwa K, This Lemon Tastes of Apples, 2011, HD video, colour, sound, 6 min 15
  • Dinh Q. Le, South China Sea Pishkun, 2009, HD video, colour, sound, 6 min 35 sec

Ahmet Öğüt (b. 1981, Diyarbakır, Turkey) is a sociocultural initiator, artist, and lecturer who lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam. He is the initiator of The Silent University, which is an autonomous knowledge exchange platform by refugees, asylum seekers. Working across a variety of media, Öğüt's institutional solo exhibitions include Forward!, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2015); Happy Together: Collaborators Collaborating, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015); Apparatuses of Subversion, Horst-Janssen-Museum, Oldenburg (2014); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2012); SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul (2011); The MATRIX Program at the UC Berkeley Art Museum (2010); and Kunsthalle Basel (2008). He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the British Art Show 8 (2015-2017); the 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015); Performa 13, the Fifth Biennial of Visual Art Performance, New York (2013); the 7th Liverpool Biennial (2012); the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011); the New Museum Triennial, New York (2009); and the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008).  Öğüt was awarded the Visible Award for the Silent University (2013); the special prize of the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre, Ukraine (2012); the De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs 2011, Netherlands; and the Kunstpreis Europas Zukunft, Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany (2010). He co-represented Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).


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The ICA Artists’ Film Biennial 2016 is a four-day celebration of artists’ film and moving image. The Biennial’s comprehensive series of screenings and talks extends the ICA’s Artists’ Film Club, our regular programme of artists’ film, which profiles and debates the best international artists’ moving image.

Programme supported by the Art Fund, British Council, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

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